When was the first time?" A simple question on a bureaucratic form in a nondescript waiting room jolts Claire - and five strangers sitting nearby become the characters in her recollection of her turbulent marriage. Adapted from a stage play, SO CLOSE mixes theatrical, documentary and narrative film techniques to create a unique stream-of-consciousness storytelling style. Claire's story is a common one: raised in a strict home, meeting 16-year-old Joey when she is 14, falling in love. But their dream romance quickly turns into a nightmare when she gets pregnant and is kicked out of her house; they spiral into years of physical abuse, alcoholism and despair.